The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling From the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap a funny provocative revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses fo
  • Title: The Uncoupling
  • Author: Meg Wolitzer
  • ISBN: 9781594487880
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Uncoupling
    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap, a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war a strange spell seems to be cast over the schoolFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Ten Year Nap, a funny, provocative, revealing novel about female desire When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war a strange spell seems to be cast over the school Or, at least, over the women One by one throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don t really understand As the women worry over their loss of passion, and the men become by turns unhappy, offended, and above all, confused, both sides are forced to look at their shared history, and at their sexual selves in a new light As she did to such acclaim with the New York Times bestseller The Ten Year Nap, Wolitzer tackles an issue that has deep ramifications for women s lives, in a way that makes it funny, riveting, and totally fresh allowing us to see our own lives through her insightful lens Read an essay about writing The Uncoupling from the author, Meg Wolitzer.
    The Uncoupling By Meg Wolitzer,

    The Uncoupling Wolitzer, Meg Apr , The Uncoupling is a good book that could have been a great book It has some perceptive and provocative insights into the nature of desire itself what is desire, anyway How does it change between the heady times of first love and the mundane times of adulthood Can a relationship sustain itself when desire flees The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer The Uncoupling is a good book that could have been a great book It has some perceptive and provocative insights into the nature of desire itself what is desire, anyway How does it change between the heady times of first love and the mundane times of adulthood Can a relationship sustain itself when desire flees The Uncoupling A Novel Wolitzer, Meg The Uncoupling is a fast, fun read, and like all off kilter thought experiments, it asks us to reexamine the experiences we accept unthinkingly as well as the very language we use to describe them Desire is enchanting, but its sudden absence can feel like a curse NPR The Uncoupling A Novel by Meg Wolitzer, Paperback Mar , The Uncoupling is a fast, fun read, and like all off kilter thought experiments, it asks us to reexamine the experiences we accept unthinkingly as well as the very language we use to describe them Desire is enchanting, but its sudden absence can feel like a curse NPR Summary and reviews of The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer The Uncoupling is a novel that can t help but make you think about your own relationship about what it consists of, what would be left if sex were taken away, how far you d be prepared to go in order to keep it in your life somewhere, and so on. The Uncoupling Meg Wolitzer LibraryThing Review User Review Narshkite LibraryThing I really loved this book for the most part Wolitzer is a great writer with a rollicking sense of humor I am not a fan of Tom Perrotta s craft, and I kept thinking that The Uncoupling is the book he Book Review The Uncoupling By Meg Wolitzer The New Apr , The Uncoupling is, of course, only partly a novel about magic There s a witch of sorts, the new drama teacher, who selects Lysistrata as the school play At first, the spell picks off women The Uncoupling Quotes by Meg Wolitzer quotes from The Uncoupling The generation that had information, but no context Butter, but no bread Craving, but no longing. Uncoupler Erotic Uncoupling SHOWTIME Erotic Uncoupling Rated TVMA minutes After years of marriage, Grace s husband Frank confesses to a two year affair He is leaving her for a woman he met at the office while he was working late With no job and no skills, Grace s life is turned upside down After landing a modest new job, Grace meets a young, vibrant, beautiful Sunny.

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  • Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar Wolitzer lives in New York City.

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  • Meg Wolitzer s writing skirts the line between literary fiction and beach read On one hand, she has a clever eye for human thought and folly that makes me look forward to her books On the other hand, her plots are often novel and neatly wrapped up in a way that undermines whatever effort she puts into character building The same praise and criticism applies to The Uncoupling However, it does have a truly terrible climax appropriate for a book with a lot of fail sex that is so cheesy it belongs i [...]


  • I am so over Meg Wolitzer My three novel study, read in under two weeks, rendered me in turn unable to stay awake during the day, unable to sleep at night, unable to digest my food, and generally irritable all over She is simply a bad writer and I cannot fathom how she gets even one good review, though she gets many.What she does do well is capture and relate the thoughts women have privately as well as the commonplace emotions of women It is true that we only share those thoughts and feelings p [...]


  • I kept Ms Wolitzer s name on my mental backburner for several months nowt necessarily because of the recent release of her The Interestings which three of my friends have already read and favorably reviewed but because of her jacket blurb endorsement on the back of Nicholson Baker s Book of Raunch aka House of Holesd I m all like yeah she loves bad porn Gotta read her pronto Unless sales go through the roof, it s doubtful my little library s gonna get The Interestings anytime soon, so figured I [...]


  • The Uncoupling is a good book that could have been a great book.It has some perceptive and provocative insights into the nature of desire itself what is desire, anyway How does it change between the heady times of first love and the mundane times of adulthood Can a relationship sustain itself when desire flees The book unfolds around the classic and comic play Lysistrata, written by Aristophanes a tale of women of Greece who determined to withhold sex as a way to end the lengthy Peloponnesian W [...]


  • I liked the details Wolitzer used to describe her characters I perked up whenever the picky and prickly Abby Means, she of the thrift store skirts and pornography filled phone, showed up , but their lack of depth and, for the most part, drive, made this book a real drag to get through The fairy tale ish, wishy washy tone, coupled with the one dimensional characters, was frustrating to me, because the book didn t seem grounded in reality I don t mind magical realism at all, and in fact enjoy it i [...]


  • Meg Wolitzer has a way of packing intelligence and humor into every sentence I have to admit, I m a longtime fan Follow the citizens of the suburban town of Stellar Plains, New Jersey, as they stumble through the dilemma of their uncoupling The pace is relentless Wolitzer dives into her subject by writing full, deep characters I felt like they were all my new best friends You ll laugh, think, and notice through her laser sharp eye the absurd details of modern life, as if you were watching people [...]


  • This book could have been amazing but it ended up just being half baked Wolitzer s characters, as always, are interesting and sharply observed, but the plot didn t quite work for me The spell just seems like a deus ex machina, and the half hearted explanation of it at the end felt tacked on and unconvincing And the theme of the book could have been better explored if the spell had not been a literal magic spell but a zeitgeist or a conscious political movement A disappointment.


  • This novel was readable, but the author s humorous, somewhat cynical distance from her characters kept me at a distance too But there is some good writing there The scenes of teenage Willa and her first boyfriend were poignant and evocative of my own teen insecurities Bev s hurt at her husband s callous statement about her weight was also well done Unfortunately, the main characters, Dory and Rob, rang the least true They had almost no personalities except to be nice, if somewhat judgmental, peo [...]


  • When a famous feminist author came to Reed College in the late 1970s, the men of Reed College learned that among her teachings was the notion that hetero sex is violence , and it was clear that some of our dreams for our sopho year were not going to come true Texts matter, and when, in Meg Wolitzer s The Uncoupling , a high school drama teacher decides to stage Aristophane s Lysistrata, in which women of ancient Greece stage a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian war, we are once again in the pla [...]


  • I really want to like this book I read it in just 3 days, so I guess that says something But I didn t love it I didn t find any of the characters compelling or particularly likeable not that that s a problem for me on the contrary, I love unlikeable characters Case in point The Descendants Willa Eh The Dorys Annoying Bev She s fat Waah Leanne Wow she sleeps around what a whore Nothing new here The only character I liked a little bit was Ruth Winik, the ex lesbian of sorts But then her boundary i [...]


  • Once upon a time On a dark and stormy night wait there was no storm Long ago and far away but, it was only a few years ago, and not far if you live in suburban New Jersey So, one dark and December night in the safe and tidy suburb of Stellar Plains, New Jersey, an arctic chill seeped under doors, a frigid blast blew through windows, and a glacial nipping swirled between the sheets of spouses and lovers And, just as suddenly, the woman turned from their men, and stopped having sex A spell had bee [...]


  • 3 5The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer is an examination of love, sex, and relationships, and while the majority of the novel is planted in reality, there are aspects of magic and mysticism which make the book what it is The writing is astute and well realized, and the characters are distinct and authentic However, perhaps the plot is too meandering, therefore feeling slow Ultimately I think this novel suffered from a case of Thoughtful and well written, but with nothing actually happening I enjoyed [...]


  • When I first started reading The Uncoupling, I was hooked Wolitzer has a way of painting such vivid scenes just by using the choicest of words or phrases, and she seemed to also be creating such complex characters I was immediately emotionally vested in Dory and Robby and their marriage, and continued to be pulled in by the rather vast cast of characters Unfortunately, things then began to fall apart My biggest disappointment was that, what started out strong went out with a whimper The book fel [...]


  • I think Wolitzer had a really hard time reining herself in I m working off the assumption that the blunt eccentric but weirdly wise also, callous b tch, but that s another problem magical drama teacher, Fran Heller, is the author avatar here But even taking that as a given, it s difficult to peel back the layers of pretentious metaphors and pseudo wise musings to figure out what point Heller Wolitzer wants the reader to walk away with.There s something she s trying to say about war I think And t [...]


  • This really deserves 3, 3.5 I will explain.The Talmud speaks about a time when, because temptation was so strong, leaders prayed that the stirrings of desire would be taken away and allow people to live freely and purely However, upon the vanishing of the basic components of the human experience, life as we know it animal, plant shriveled up as well This lesson resonated then, and was called to mind upon reading this work which, like Wolitzer s others, presents an interesting if somewhat ambigu [...]


  • This novel is an odd exploration of female desire and the changes in relationships through time In a generic town in New Jersey, the production of the high school play Lysistrata, coincides with the enchantment of the women of the town with a spell that saps their desire The narration is done by an omniscient narrator that is rather foreboding and irritating The questions posed by the stories about passion and relationships are resonant and disturbing And yet with that much emotional chaos and u [...]


  • While I have at least 2 Meg Wolitzer books sitting on my bookshelves, Uncoupling is the first I ve read by her Wow I don t quite know why I haven t read any Wolitzer sooner if her other books are anything like this one I like the writing style of the book It s descriptive without being flowery It s explanatory without preaching In short, it s smart I was trying to compare the style of this book to others, and I kept coming up a bit short She s sort of like Judy Blume but not really I sensed str [...]


  • This is the second book by Meg Wolitzer I ve read, after the Interestings, which I liked a lot Even though The Uncoupling didn t impress me quite as much, I still enjoyed it I recognised Wolitzer s style, I appreciated the fact that the novel was carefully structured, and I thought the whole idea was ingenious.Warning spoilers Starting from Aristophanes s ancient comedy, Lysistrata, the author created a web of characters and relationships that were influenced and almost puppeteered by the drama [...]


  • The Short of ItWhen the mood does not strike The Long of ItSet in the midst of a small town, the wind seems to blow in than just a new drama teacher Fran Heller, drama teacher extraordinaire chooses the Greek play Lysistrata for her debut Lysistrata tells the story of women protesting war by withholding sex Very few question the appropriateness of the play since Heller promises to tone down anything terribly inappropriate Unfortunately, the play seems to have a ghost like charm on the townsfolk [...]


  • A rushed review actually, the reason I read this is because I was rushing through the library, saw the author s name, vaguely remembered liking The Ten Year Nap, and grabbing it without reading the inside cover to see what it was about Basically, couples in a town stop having sex with each other The women suddenly decide that they re done, leaving their husbands boyfriends bewildered, and in some cases, a little angry While parts of it were actually quite funny and well written one man pretty mu [...]


  • I m not sure why I read this book, as I wasn t particularly fond of the Ten Year Nap Her characters are all kind of irritating and a stretch to relate to the concept of the book what happens when a town goes without sex for a few month was kind of interesting to me and I thought that the possibilities would be better explored It would have been better if the spell hit everyone at once also, the incredible selfishness of the drama teacher was a little tough to swallow at the end the fact that she [...]


  • Three stars is even a little generous this book is SUCH a dip in quality from her previous books The plot is heavy handed I get it, people stop having sex because the high school is putting on Lysistrata Every description of the book says so there is no reason to even mention it than once, and certainly not OVER AND OVER in the book It s like she forgot who she was writing for, her previous books seemed not to assume the reader was a total idiot She still writes characters well overall but ther [...]


  • I thought I would love this book a lot than I did Intriguing premise and well drawn characters, but none were quite fleshed out heh to my satisfaction sorry I was irritated by the obviousness of the spell manifesting as cold air got it frigidity And why did these women so apathetically accept their loss of desire, which came on so suddenly and dramatically More reflection on how the spell affected their feelings about their own bodies and psyches in addition to their romantic relationships woul [...]


  • I read this book pretty quicklyt because it was so good, but because I couldn t believe that this was really all there was.Here s a book about women who have a spell cast over them, that forces them to not want to have sex with their husbands, or their boyfriends, and the author simply refuses to delve any deeper then that She absolutely skims the surface of relationships without sex, and this was an annoyingly quick read because there was nothing to it This should have been insightful and contr [...]



  • As our 10 year old wars in Afghanistan and Iraq bleed into a new conflict in Libya, maybe we could use something creative than the surge to bring peace For the weary women in Aristophanes ancient comedy Lysistrata, the answer was an anti surge a sex strike until the men lay down their arms It worked 2,400 years ago in the bawdy Greek play but in the theatre of foreign policy, America has perfected a method of prosecuting foreign wars without inconveniencing most of its citizens If we re not goi [...]


  • I really liked The Interestings, but The Uncoupling was disappointing I don t actively hate this book, but it felt likeere was nothing there I found the plot a little lackluster there were no surprises or emotional twists it didn t even feel like there was a big reveal of any kind at the end because the mystery in the book is so simple that I guessed it very early on I also didn t feel connected to any of the characters I frequently confused a few of them I m not sure what I should take away fro [...]


  • I was really excited about reading this book The description was intriguing and original However, it took me a while to make it through the first couple chapters The writing just didn t carry the concept in the way I had imagined or hoped While I enjoyed all the chapters detailing the uncoupling process as experienced by the primary and secondary characters, the ending felt a bit lacklustre for such an emotionally charged journey Despite all of this, I found myself reflecting on the plot and com [...]


  • In the small town of Stellar Plains life continues to move forward at a seemingly normal pace That is, until the addition of a new drama teacher at the high school sets unseen things in motion Her choice for the school play, Lysistrata has the teens blushing and the parents wondering exactly who it is they ve hired Why exactly Because the play centers around the ancient story of a group of Greek women who denied their husbands sex in order to prevent the continuation of war, not exactly a topic [...]


  • I need to learn a lesson here I was trying to check out Wolitzer s The Interestings, but it was not available as an ebook at my library This is about the 3rd or 4th time that I have come across a book other than the recommended read by the same author and have read it anyway The lesson is that maybe I shouldn t.The book tried to be cute Wolitzer thought she was saying something profound about female sexual desire and the ways in which we can and sometimes cannot find that spark She wanted to poi [...]


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